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Regions in Ethiopia : Afar, Amhara, Benshangul / Gumaz, Gambela, Harar, Oromia, Somali, Tigray

Federal capital Ethiopia : Addis Ababa

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Hotels in Ethiopia

Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.


Travel Agents / Tour Operators

 G Adventures
*   Ethiopia encompassed
From ancient rock-hewn churches to mountain vistas and exotic national parks, experience the diverse history, culture and landscapes of Ethiopia. This comprehensive twenty-six day adventure is perfect for the spirited traveller willing to forgo some western conveniences for a truly authentic experience. Explore the enigmatic beehive houses of the Dorze and visit numerous other tribal villages for cultural encounters few travellers ever experience. Then, trek across the impressive Simien Mountains.
*   Ethipia Explorer
Uncover the culture and history of Ethiopia as you explore the ancient monasteries, castles and amazing churches of this diverse land. This 15-day adventure is perfect for the rugged traveller willing to forgo some western conveniences for a truly authentic African experience. Visit a unique market in Bati and follow the footsteps of religious pilgrims to Lalibela and the rock-hewn St George Church. Depending on the season, you'll either trek across the Simien Mountains with its spectacular views, or you'll loop through the Tigray region immersing yourself in the religion and history of the north. Get your camera ready; you're going to need it.

Create your perfect trip to Ethiopia   -   Flight, Hotel and Car

  Mountain Travel Sobek  -
  Rainbow Tours   -   Small Group Tours

  Abyssinian Tours & Travel   -   tour operating company based in Addis Ababa
Cultural tours, Nature tours, Historic tours, Photo Safaris, Trekking, Rafting, Bird watching, and much more

Travel Guides Ethiopia / Related Books

  Lonely Planet Publications
Ethiopia & Eritrea travel guide, Ethiopian Armharic Phrasebook
Ethiopia (Bradt Travel Guide) - ISBN 1841622842  Ethiopia (Bradt Travel Guide) - 1841622842
Philip Briggs (Author)
'Essential reading for anyone with the remotest interest in Ethiopia...a complete reference book to Ethiopia as well as an excellent travel guide.' Travel Africa 'An indispensable handbook for anyone wishing to visit Ethiopia.' The Guardian 'Thorough and reassuring, it provides all the practical and background information to make readers leap from their armchairs and visit this vast, magical country.' The Daily Telegraph "The Bradt Guide has almost everything you need to read about the country's history, tourist attractions and hotels, and proves itself to be an invaluable companion while in the country." SX News "Highly personal and informative guidebook ... his enthusiasm is reflected in every chapter." Business in Africa
Paperback: 624 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 5 edition (8 April 2009); ISBN-10: 1841622842; ISBN-13: 978-1841622842.

Transportation / How do I travel to Ethiopia

  Addis Ababa Airport   -   Bole International Airport  -


Book cheap flights to Ethiopia at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights   -   Flights Ethiopia / Price comparison possible

  Ethiopian Airlines   -   Domestic Airline
EA has an extensive domestic network flying to > 40 airfields and an additional landing strips

A 778 kilometers railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti, and carries both freight and passengers.

  Maps International   -  Maps of Ethiopia is one of the largest map shops online.
  Map of Ethiopia [ Uni Texas  -  Perry-Castaņeda Library  -  Map Collection ]


Ethiopia is famous for its rock-hewn churches and ancient monasteries, Ethiopia's spectacular scenery and wildlife are among the lesser-known attractions of 'The Roof of Africa'.
Most people visit Ethiopia's historical route, with its fascinating castles, stelae and rock-hewn churches. The Solomonic dynasty is said to have originated with the Queen of Sheba's visit to King Solomon in the 10th century B.C. She returned to Ethiopia where their child, Menelik I, was born. The dynasty's last ruler, Haile Selassie, was deposed in 1974.

  Ethiopian Tourism Commission
About Ethiopia, Addis Abbeba, Natural Attractions, Cultural Attractions, Historical Attractions, Archeological Attractions, Hotels, Tours, Air Transport

  Government   -   YeItyop'iya Federalawi Demokrasiyawi Ripeblik

  Addis Ababa   -   Capital City Ethiopia
Addis Ababa is situated in the foothills of the 3,000 meters Entoto Mountains and rambles pleasantly across many wooded hillsides and gullies cut through with fast flowing streams.

The city of Harar is an ancient (1520) city. Harar was an important trading center and is famous for its ancient buildings, its great city walls and as a centre of Islamic learning (the city has 99 mosques). In Harar you will lose yourself in an Arabian nights fantasy of narrow alleyways, incense and intrigue.

  Debre Damo
The Debre Damo monastery dates back to early Axumite times. It is reached only by rope and is closed to women. It is said to have the oldest existing intact church in Ethiopia.
  Ethiopian New Year   -   Enkutatash
Ethiopia still retains the Julian calendar, in which the year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 days and 6 days in leap year. The Ethiopian calendar is 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar from January to September and 7 years behind between September 11 and January 8.
Enkutatash means the "gift of jewels". When the famous Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem, her chiefs welcomed her bolts by replenishing her treasury with inku or jewels. The spring festival has been celebrated since this early times and as the rains come to their abrupt end, dancing and singing can be heard at every village in the green countryside
  Genna   -   Ethiopian Christmas
Christmas, called Lidet, is not the primary religious and secular festival that it has become in Western countries. Falling on 7 January, it is celebrated seriously by a church service that goes on throughout the night, with people moving from one church to another. Traditionally, young men played a game similar to hockey, called genna, on this day, and now Christmas has also come to be known by that name.
Gondar offers fairy-tale castles dating back to the 17th-century that seem to belong in an Arthurian romance. The oldest and most impressive of Gondar's many imperial structures is the two-storey palace of Emperor Fasiledes, which includes a tower that affords a view of Lake Tana in the distance.
Lalibela sometimes called as the eighth wonder of the world, where eleven churches were hewn out of solid bedrock almost 800 years ago. These incredible edifices remain places of living worship to this day. The legend says that angels helped build the churches which were built at great speed and seem to be of superhuman creation in scale, workmanship and concept
  Meskal   -   Finding of the True Cross
Meskal has been celebrated in the country for over 1600 years. The word actually means "cross" and the feast commemorates the discovery of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified, by the Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. The original event took place on 19 March 326 AD. but the feast is now celebrated on 27 September.
Ethiopia is a marvellous wildlife destination, with a number of endemic mammals in its rugged reserves. These include the world's rarest canid, the Simien Wolf, which is easy to spot in Bale National Park, where you will also find various endemic antelope. Another endemic mammal, the striking Gelada baboon, is common in the Simien Mountains. Birders come in search of the 30-odd endemics. Among the star attractions are the Ruspoli's turacou and yellowfronted parrot.
Ethiopia's earliest known capital Yeha, is less than two hours' drive from Axum through some dramatic highland scenery. As the birthplace of the country's earliest high civilization, it is well worth visiting. The massive walls of the temple house Judaic relics and historical artifacts.
The capital of Emperor Yohanes IV (1871 - 1889), Makale is now the main city of Tigray, the most northern Ethiopian region. The Emperor's palace has been turned into a particularly interesting museum, with many exhibits of his time and subsequent history.

  A Journey through Ethiopia
  News from Ehtiopia   -   Addis Tribune
  News   -   Ethiopian Related News and Information
Ethiopia is both breathtaking and extraordinary, a country perched on a high plateau in a region known as the Horn of Africa. This land of striking natural beauty, isolated by geography for centuries, has culture and traditions date back over 3000 years. Long known as Abyssinia, it stands between the cultures of the Mediterranean and the tribal people of the African heartland who inhabit areas that boast the origins of humankind. The rich history of the country dates back to the Queen of Sheba and is visible today in ancient tombs, rock-hewn churches and colorful festivals.

History of Ethiopia

Oldest independent country in Africa and one of the oldest in the world  -  at least 2,000 years.
The country was occupied by Italy from 1936-41 and the Italian influence is apparent - though less than in Eritrea.
It has long been an intersection between the civilizations of North Africa, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

  Ethiopia's History   -  see Wikipedia
Earliest History of Ethiopia, Introduction of Christianity, Portuguese Influence in Ethiopia, The Period of Isolation, Leaving the Medieval World, Modern History

A History of Ethiopia  -   Harold G. Marcus
In this concise history of Ethiopia, Harold Marcus surveys the evolution of the oldest African nation from prehistory to the present. This study demonstrates that there is more to Ethiopia's existence than colonial logic . It shows how geography, economics and culture have served to unite Ethiopians against fractionalization. For the updated edition, Marcus has written a new preface, two new chapters and an epilogue, detailing the development and implications of Ethiopia as a Federal state and the war with Eritrea.
Paperback 336 pages (December 31, 2002);  Publisher: University of California Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0520224795.
In Search of King Solomon's Mines  -   Tahir Shah
King Solomon, the Bible's wisest king, also possessed extraordinary wealth. He built a temple at Jerusalem that was said to be more fabulous than any other landmark in the ancient world, heavily adorned with gold from Ophir. The precise location of this legendary land has been one of history's great unsolved mysteries. Long before Rider Haggard's classic adventure novel "King Solomon's Mines" produced a fresh outbreak of gold fever, explorers, scientists and theologians had scoured the world for the source of the king's astonishing wealth. In this book, Tahir Shah takes up the quest, using as his leads a mixture of texts including the Septuagint, the earliest form of the Bible, as well as geological, geographical and folkloric sources. Time and again the evidence points towards Ethiopia, the ancient kingdom in the horn of Africa whose imperial family claims descent from Menelik, the son born to Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Tahir Shah's trail takes him to a remote cliff-face monastery where the monks pull visitors up on a leather rope, to the ruined castles of Gondar, and to the churches of Lalibela, hewn from solid rock. In the south, he discovers an enormous illegal gold mine, itself like something out of the Old Testament, where thousands of men, women and children dig with their hands. But the hardest leg of the journey is to the accursed mountain of Tullu Wallel, where legend says there lies an ancient shaft, once the entrance of King Solomon's mines. Tahir Shah's account of his journey in search of the facts behind the fiction is almost as exciting as Rider Haggard's
Paperback 272 pages (May 15, 2003);  Publisher: John Murray;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0719563364
The Ark of the Covenant: The True Story of the Greatest Relic of Antiquity 
Stuart Munro-Hay, Roderick Grierson
At the heart of the city of Aksum in Ethiopia stands a small chapel, whose entrance is constantly guarded. Ethiopians believe that this chapel contains the Ark of the Covenant; their religious epic "The Glory of Kings" gives an account of how Makeda, the Queen of Sheba had a son by Solomon and how it was this son who removed the Ark from Jerusalem because of the disobedience of the people of Israel. Stuart Munro-Hay began excavating at Aksum in 1974, but his work was interrupted by the revolution. He did, however, make many valuable friendships in the city and learnt to speak the language of the guards, a combination that has led him to become recognised as the premier Aksumite historian. Together with Roderick Grierson, a semiotic philologist, he investigated the ancient mystery to try and determine what the Ark was, if it could have been carried to Ethiopia, and, if it was not at Aksum, what is being guarded in the chapel.
Paperback 480 pages (March 2, 2000);  Publisher: Phoenix mass market p/bk;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0753810107 
  National Museum in Addis Ababa
A plaster replica of the early hominid Lucy is preserved at the national Museum in Addis Ababa.

Cuisine   -   Ethiopian Foods / Recipes

   -   Ethiopian Recipes

Exotic Ethiopian Cooking: Society, Culture, and Hospitality Tradition in Ethiopia 
Daniel Mesfin, Shlomo Bachrach (Introduction)
Paperback (March 1994);  Publisher: Ethiopian Cookbook Enterprise;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0961634529


  History of Ethiopia
Prehistory, Bronze Age contacts with Egypt, Classical Antiquity, Kingdom of Axum, The Ethiopian Dark Ages, Ethiopia and the Crusades, Ethiopian Empire [ Portuguese influence, The Abyssinian-Adal War, The Jesuits, The Period of the Princes, 1800–1945, Restoration of Imperial power, Interactions with European colonial powers, The Italian period and World War II ], Modern Ethiopia [ Post–World War II period, The Derg period, Post-Derg period ].

Music, Arts & Culture, Events

The main three languages are Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromigna. English is also widely spoken.

  Music of Ethiopia
Ethiopean music theory, Musical instruments [ Chordophones, Aerophones, Idiophones, Membranophones ], Popular Ethiopean music, Notable Ethiopian musicians.

  Culture of Ethiopia
Music, Clothing, Cuisine, Sports, Media, Language, Religion, Public Holidays

Ethiopian Amharic (Lonely Planet Phrasebook S.)  -   Tilahun Gabriel, Cath Snow
This phrasebook features: a comprehensive section on hospitality and greetings; a clear pronounciation guide; Amharic script throughout; and cultural tips on food and shopping.
Paperback 264 pages (September 27, 2002);  Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications;  Language: English;  ISBN: 174059133X
Ethiopia, the Unknown Land: A Cultural and Historical Guide 
Stuart Munro-Hay
Ethiopia, legendary home of the Queen of Sheba who travelled to Jerusalem to meet Solomon, resting-place of the Ark of the Covenant and battleground of the great emperors from Ezana in the 4th century AD to Haile Selassie in modern times, has inspired many travellers and writers since time immemorial. Recently few have journeyed there or, indeed, have any conception of the extraordinary cultural treasures that await visitors. Stuart Munro-Hay knows Ethiopia intimately, having lived and researched there over many years. He has produced the first truly comprehensive guide to the monuments of this beautiful, culture-steeped country, as well as offering a literary companion. Here is a guide to Ethiopia's architecture, geography, peoples, art and history, embracing all the major sites of the land over the ages. It will become the classic reference guide.
Hardcover 432 pages (February 21, 2002);  Publisher: I.B. Tauris;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1860647448

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